Silver, Horace

Silver, Horace (Ward Martin Tavares)

(1928–  ) jazz musician; born in Norwalk, Conn. An influential pianist and composer, he helped to develop and popularize the hard-bop style in the mid-1950s. He was a sideman with Stan Getz and Coleman Hawkins between 1950 and 1953, a cofounder of the Jazz Messengers in 1954, and the leader of his own groups thereafter.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.